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November 2015 Archives

Overcriminalization And Politics

The calls to "get tough" on crime have fortunately subsided in the current political climate. Many people have come to realize just how much damage has been done in the haste to appear to be doing something about criminal conduct. The number of Americans currently incarcerated is shocking. The damage done to their lives and to the lives of their loved ones cannot be measured. All the harsh penalties and new laws have not made Americans feel safer. They have simply sacrificed countless lives in the quest for more votes.

After the Green Gold Rush

A recent Oregonian article serves as an example of the new mythology surrounding the "legalization" of recreational marijuana in Oregon. The article opens with the line "The next president could rip up the federal memo that lets Oregon, Washington and other states allow sales of recreational marijuana while the drug remains forbidden under federal law."

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